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Design Tip: Organize Your Entryway

Today’s front and back entryways seem to be a source of clutter, extra “stuff”, and disorganization for most homes!  It is a natural drop off station, a place for reminders as you are coming and going, and where hats/mittens/coats/shoes stack up all year round.  It is no wonder clutter and chaos can quickly occur in a busy household.  Here are a few helpful hints to create a practical, organized, and aesthetically pleasing mudroom:

  • The First Impression: An important starting point in re-organizing your entry way is to identify what kind of first impression you want to create for your home.  Choose a color palette that will enhance the desired feeling and that will blend into the rest of the home effortlessly.
    Organize Your Entryway | First Impression Entryway photo: Mochatini Blog
  • Practical Pieces: Brainstorm what you want functionally from your mudroom, how much storage you need, and what things in particular you will need to store on a daily basis.  Then choose pieces that will support those functions for easier everyday living.  By planning ahead and finding the right pieces for you makes all the difference in creating an efficient space that will be easier to remain in working order.  You can also combine open storage and closed storage for a more interesting array of pieces.  A good example of a sensibly chic piece would be a slipcovered bench, which adds an inviting touch, while also offering a useful place for sliding shoes on.  And don’t forget all of the small things that need a home too!  Set up a spot for keys, wallets, phones and all other important necessities.
    Organize Your Entryway | Practical Entrywayphoto: House Plans & More
  • Operational Accents: Use baskets to create a casual and versatile storage solution that can be tucked in anywhere.  Underneath an open based console table or buffet is a perfect place for added storage.  Also, choose a rug that will hold up against the constant foot traffic that traipses through the door.  There are great indoor/outdoor rugs made of 100% polypropylene that won’t break the bank.  These rugs are easy to clean as they are hoseable, scrubbable and bleachable.
    Organize Your Entryway | Operational Entryway   Organize Your Entryway | Storage Entryway
    photo: Lavender & Ash, Better Homes & Gardens

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